As part of BBC4’s Dance Season, actor Clarke Peters, creator of the musical Five Guys Named Moe, explores the history of tap dancing.
It’s a treat for the eyes and ears as Clarke reveals how the genre originated out of the slave trade, when men would make music with their feet in chain gangs.
By the 19th Century Irish clogging had further influenced the Afro-American dance scene.
Stars including Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers emerged, playing supporting roles to white Hollywood stars.
Includes fabulous archive film footage, scenes from the Cotton Club and, of course, the legendary Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.